As of Tuesday, approximately 3,600 families are still in need of sponsorship through a $25 donation, which is equivalent to about $91,000 in monetary donations. Donations are accepted at www.netfoodbank.org, or by calling the food bank at 279-0430.
The boxes are scheduled to be given out next week, and the food bank needs to secure sponsors by Friday so the Thanksgiving meals can be delivered on time.
“Project Thanksgiving touches the lives of many families in Northeast Tennessee that may not otherwise have a holiday meal for Thanksgiving,” Rhonda Chafin, Second Harvest’s executive director, said. “We are asking the community to consider sponsoring which will help fill the gap to meet our commitment to community agencies so they can feed 6,000 families.
“The Thanksgiving boxes are for families of four or more in extreme need of food assistance.”
Boxes include ingredients to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving meal, including a turkey. Extra food for breakfast and some snacks for the days around Thanksgiving are also provided for each family. WCQR provides a Bible with each box.
These food boxes have been promised to local food bank agencies, and 6,000 families are depending on them this Thanksgiving.
Second Harvest has partnered with WCQR-FM to provide Thanksgiving meals for families in need for the past 10 years. Last year, this initiative provided Thanksgiving meal boxes for over 6,000 families in Northeast Tennessee